Luke Armstrong, the son of former cyclist Lance Armstrong, was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Austin, Texas when he was 18, according to police records.
Armstrong, now 21, was charged with sexually assaulting a child in the alleged June 2018 incident, according to an affidavit from the Austin Police Department obtained by NBC News. He was arrested on Tuesday and released on bail the same day.
Armstrong attorney Randy Leavitt denies the assault allegation.
“What happened three years ago in high school was neither a crime nor a sexual assault,” Leavitt said in a statement Thursday. “It was a consensual relationship at the time and continued consensually between two young people, the two eventually breaking up.”
The victim, who is not named, told police in November 2020 that on June 22, 2018, she had been drinking at a party and called Armstrong to ask him to come pick her up, according to the affidavit. The victim says she does not remember the drive to Armstrong’s father’s house, but does recall waking up and an assault that took place that night, the affidavit states.
In December 2020, police helped the victim make a taped call to Armstrong where he admitted to having sex with the victim there and admitted he was also drinking that night, according to the affidavit. .
A former 2018 and 2019 football player for the Rice University football team, Armstrong has opted out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19, a spokesperson for Rice University Athletics told the NBC affiliate, KXAN. The university confirmed to KXAN that Armstrong was still a student there.
Armstrong’s father, Lance Armstrong, won the Tour de France seven times before being stripped of those titles following revelations he used performance-enhancing drugs for much of his career.
The Associated Press contributed.